As President Bush readies his chopsticks to dine with President Hu Jintao tomorrow, he might ponder whether the rise of China means the eclipse of the United States.
Some Americans see China pushing us aside. Some even grasp at China’s rise as a stick to beat the Bush administration. Any rise with the potential to take President Bush down a peg or two is maximized by those for whom Bush’s America would not be their first choice as the world’s sole superpower. Take a deep breath. The US economy is seven times the size of China’s and the Japanese economy is three times China’s. Not least, China is a Leninist regime — the kind that mostly went up in a puff of smoke 15 years ago.